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NC State Football 2018 Freshman Report

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With the 2018 Football season in the bag, we don’t have to speculate any longer about which true freshman redshirted this year under the new redshirt rules.

There were 24 members of the 2018 Wolfpack recruiting class, and 14 (13 freshman and 1 Junior (Joe Babros) of them officially redshirted the 2018 season according to the roster on GoPack.com.

Defensive Tackle Val Martin was a JUCO transfer in the 2018 class, and only played in 4 games (6 tackles), but wasn’t eligible to redshirt, because he redshirted the 2016 season at Iowa Western Community College.

3-Star Offensive Tackle Kahric Belle is no longer on the roster.

(The list below includes non-scholarship players that redshirted)

Under the new redshirt rules, you can play in 4 games, and still redshirt the season. Eight of the Freshman that were redshirted saw action this season, with three of them playing the 4 game max (LB Calvin Hart, RB Trent Pennix, WR Devin Carter).

LB Calvin Hart – 4
RB Trent Pennix – 4
WR Devin Carter – 4
CB Malik Dunlap – 2
DE Joseph Boletepeli – 2
WR Jasiah Provillon – 2
DE Joe Babros – 1

Pennix made the most of his playing time, accumulating 142 total yards of offense, and his first career touchdown against Georgia State. Carter had 1 reception for 11 yards against ECU in the final game of the regular season. Dunlap picked up 2 tackles. Boletepeli had 3 tackles.

Here’s the list of of Freshman that redshirted, and took zero snaps in 2018:

QB Devin Leary
CB Taiyon Palmer
LB Payton Wilson
OT Jalynn Strickland
OG Gabriel Gonzalez
DT Davontae McCrae

It’s worth noting that Palmer and Wilson missed the season due to injury.

Seven True Freshman played beyond the 4-game limit, therefore they aren’t eligible to Redshirt.

Dunn, McNeil and Tanner Ingle played in all 13 games.

Dunn shattered the record books in his first year in Raleigh, breaking the record for the most field goals made and points scored in a single season. Ingle tallied 44 tackles, which ranked 6th on the team. McNeil finished with 24 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks, and was named a 247Sports Freshman All-American.

Smith finished with 11 tackles in 11 games, accompanied by an interception.

Person rushed for 520 yards (4.2 yards per carry) and 2 touchdowns, along with a touchdown reception, in 8 games, missing the other 5 games due to injury.

Baker-Williams had 5 tackles and 1 pass breakup in 8 games. Graves had 3 tackles in 8 games.

 

 

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Incoming NC State Players Get Their Jersey #’s, & Current Players Switch it Up

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With the 2019 NC State Football Spring roster released, the jersey numbers of the incoming Freshman have been revealed.

It’s worth noting that both incoming Quarterback’s chose noteworthy numbers. Redshirt Sophomore Quarterback Bailey Hockman is wearing Russell Wilson’s honored #16 jersey, and Freshman Ty Evans chose Ryan Finley’s #15.

  • LB Drake Thomas took NIC Stephen Morrison’s #13.
  • NIC Jalen Frazier took CB Teshaun Smith’s #20.
  • S Khalid Martin took CB Taiyon Palmer’s #25.
  • CB Shyheim Battle took CB Vernon Grier’s #27.
  • DT Joshua Harris took DE Joe Babros’ #44.
  • OL Zovon Lindsay took LS Tyler Griffith’s #57.
  • DT CJ Clark took DE Davontae McRae’s #58.
  • OL Timothy McKay took C Garrett Bradbury’s #65.
  • WR Keyon Lesane took WR Devin Carter’s #85.
  • WR Chris Toudle took WR Emeka Emezie’s #86.
  • DE Savion Jackson took P AJ Cole’s #90.

Incoming players received their first ever jersey numbers as NC State players, but quite a few of the players already on the team decided to do a switcheroo.

  • RS SO TE Adam Boselli took over RB Marcellus Spell’s #46. Boselli was #88.
  • RS SO RB Dalton Counts took over TE Matthew Alderfer’s #35. Counts was #33.
  • RS FR CB Malik Dunlap switched from #19 to #24.
  • JR WR Emeka Emezie took over WR Kelvin Harmon’s #3. Emezie was #86.
  • RS SO OG Grant Gibson switched from #73 to #50.
  • SO S De’Von Graves took over S Dexter Wright’s #14. Graves was #6.
  • RS FR LB Calvin Hart took over CB Chris Ingram’s #15. Hart was #30.
  • JR CB Chris Ingram took over NIC Freddie Phillips #7. Ingram was #15.
  • RS FR P Mackenzie Morgan is #36 now. Morgan was #98.
  • RS FR CB Taiyon Palmer took over CB De’Von Graves #6. Palmer was #25.
  • SO RB Ricky Person took over WR Maurice Trowell’s #8. Person was #20.
  • SO CB Teshaun Smith switched from #20 to #8.
  • RS SO OL Kennan Solomon took over OL Terronne Prescod’s #70. Solomon was #94.
  • RS FR TE Camden switched from #93 to #45.

 

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A Few Players Have Switched Positions in the NC State Secondary

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With Spring Football right around the corner, a few players have switched positions in the NC State Secondary.

Cornerback

Redshirt Freshman Malik Dunlap switched over from Safety to Cornerback during last season, and is still listed as a Corner on the Spring roster.

The Wolfpack have 7 scholarship Cornerbacks on the 2019 Spring Roster

Safeties

Sophomore Tanner Ingle has been moved from Nickel to Safety. Ingle played in all 13 games last season as a Nickelback as a True Freshman. He started the first 7 games, before losing his job to Stephen Griffin. He ranked 6th on the team in tackles with 44.

Sophomore De’Von Graves has been moved from Cornerback to Safety. He saw action in 5 games at Corner (33 snaps) last year, and three other games strictly on special teams as a True Freshman.

NC State has 6 scholarship safeties on the 2019 Spring Roster.

Nickelbacks

Sophomore Tyler-Baker Williams has been moved from Safety to Nickelback. Baker-Williams saw action in 8 games last year as a True Freshman, taking snaps at Safety in 3 of them (18 snaps).

NC State has 3 scholarship Nickelbacks on the 2019 Spring Roster.

Keep in mind, incoming Freshman Jakeen Harris and Cecil Powell will get mixed into the Secondary this summer when they arrive.

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Defensive End Joe Babros Transferring from NC State

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NC State Defensive End Joe Babros has officially entered his name into the Transfer Portal, and is no longer on the Wolfpack’s roster.

Babros was a Junior College transfer from Saddleback College, committing to NC State on October 6th, 2017.

He chose NC State over offers from Iowa State, Colorado State, Nevada and others.

ESPN ranked Babros as the #48 overall player in the JUCO ranks, and the #5 Defensive End.

Babros only saw action in the East Carolina game this year, and didn’t record any stats. As a result, this past season will count as a redshirt season wherever he lands.

With the exodus of Babros, NC State has 8 scholarship defensive ends on the roster.

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6 NC State Players Invited to 2019 NFL Combine

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The invitations for the 2019 NFL Combine are officially out, and 6 NC State Football players were invited.

The Wolfpack are tied for the 6th most players invited to the Combine.

Honestly, I’m dumbfounded that Terronne Prescod didn’t receive an invite. He had the second highest grade of any offensive guard in the nation according to ProFootballFocus this year.

NC State sent 7 players to the 2018 NFL Combine last season.

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